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Abercrombie & Kent Kenya is part of the A&K Group of Companies, the World’s largest network of DMCs with some 55 offices in more than 30 countries and over 50 Years’ experience of looking after the needs of luxury travellers. Travelling with A&K means you benefit from the A&K cocoon every step of the way; the safety of our guests, as well as our staff, is paramount to us.
This means that we have a robust support team to handle rapidly evolving situations such as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, whether supporting our guests or our staff around the globe. In all our destinations, our local teams are closely monitoring the development of Coronavirus and we will contact you should there be any immediate need to review your travel plans.
In addition to our usual high standards of care, our DMC offices are also ensuring similar levels of protection when it comes to Coronavirus. We are prepared in case of any suspicion of coronavirus risk to guests or staff to ensure that anyone who does become unwell is quickly cared for in the right way. Wherever possible in the event of illness, our staff will be on hand to assist and to minimise the impact on others.
For those due to travel soon, if you have concerns about the trip and the impact of Coronavirus on travel plans, please do contact us to discuss your options. Whilst, in most cases, there is no reason to change these plans, we do understand the many concerns that our guests and Travel Advisors may have in the current climate.
If you need to delay existing travel plans because of Coronavirus, we will do our very best to accommodate such requests, subject to partners (hotels, airlines etc.), the vast majority of whom are being equally flexible. In most cases, we will be able to move the booking to a new date without penalty, although the cost of your trip may be adjusted to reflect the new dates, particularly if those coincide with festivals or peak season. *
If you make a new booking with us from 6th March to 31st May 2020 to travel on any date in 2020, we are also relaxing our cancellation policy in the same way until 60 days prior to travel. Again, there will be a few exclusions and these will be advised at the time of booking. *
In conclusion, please remember that we are here to help. So please do not hesitate to contact us.
* All monies will be kept as in-house credit and alternate travel must begin within 12 months of original departure date. Standard terms and conditions apply to the new booking; however, in all circumstances, in-house credit is non-transferable, non-refundable and any unused portion is forfeited. Applicable price of the new journey applies. Guest is responsible for all other related costs, including any air travel change fees and additional insurance premiums. Special terms are not applicable to booking cancellations and changes made prior to March 6, 2020, are subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time.
NEW: Vehicle Wheelchair Ramps
We have recently introduced vehicle wheelchair ramps for our wheelchair bound guests. Where previously guests would have to be carried into the vehicles, guests can now be wheeled into the land-cruisers making it easier and more comfortable for the guests and their caretakers. Please let us know should your guests require the ramps.
In 2020 Air France will launch daily flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. In March 2019, the airline increased flights from three to five times a week, serviced by the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Air France resumed flights to Nairobi in 2018 after an 18 year hiatus.
OMANAIR AND KENYA AIRWAYS
Oman Air and Kenya Airways have expanded their code share, increasing the destinations available to passengers. The expansion will allow seamless connectivity to Oman Air passengers travelling beyond Nairobi to Entebbe and Johannesburg, while Kenya Airways passengers can now extend their travel beyond Muscat, Oman, to Karachi and Lahore in Pakistan.
Opening Soon: Reteti House
Reteti House is a new, exclusive-use house located in Namunyak Conservancy scheduled to be open in 2020. Located in Kenya’s northern frontier, in the shadow of the Mathews Ranges, Namunyak is an area of pristine wilderness and is home to elephant, leopard and the rare wild dog.
Reteti House will have seven rooms and will sleep a maximum of 16 guests. A dip in the swimming pool would be the best place to cool off the warm Samburu days. Guests can get to Reteti House by private charter into Namunyak airstrip or by scheduled flight to Kalama approx.1.5 hours drive or to Lewa airstrip approx. 3.5 hours drive.
A&K Philanthropy: Safe Water for Schools Initiative
Access to clean drinking water is a huge challenge in East Africa, more so for communities living in rural areas who depend on unpurified water sources such as streams, lakes and rivers. As a result, water borne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid and other health complications arise causing untold suffering.
A&K Philanthropy has partnered with LifeStraw to provide safe drinking water for school children in the Masai Mara. The Safe Water for Schools initiative utilizes LifeStraw's community filter, a high-volume water purifier that converts contaminated water into safe drinking water by removing bacteria, viruses and protozoan parasites. So far the initiative has benefited over 16,000 Maasai students.
Include a visit to Enkereri Primary School in your clients' Masai Mara safari and let them see the LifeStraw filter in action.
INSIDER ACCESS: Bird fun for the family
The history of falconry, the use of birds of prey to hunt, started in the East as far back as 2000 BC, and from there moved to Europe, Asia and the rest of the world. The sport was popular among the wealthy noble and was taught alongside riding and archery. The practice of falconry, however, has dwindled over the years due to growing technology and unfortunately the use of pesticides which has seen the bird numbers dwindle significantly.
Enjoy a day of noble fun at the Raptor Rehabilitation Trust in Karen, Nairobi. Get a close encounter of the eagles, hawks and owls as they perch on your arm much like they did in medieval times. Raptor Rehabilitation Trust was formed to rehabilitate injured raptors, raise orphaned birds of prey, and increase public awareness about the importance of raptors and conservation of birds of prey. Among other reasons, birds of prey are essential because they help control the populations of rodents such as squirrels and rats, fish, insects and reptiles. Email us to include a day of bird fun in your clients' itinerary and enhance their stay in Nairobi.
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